I wrote this rhyme to read with children learning Spanish. Kids help tell the story by providing phrases based on the pictures in the text. The story is really a simple Spanish poem for kids and the rhythm and rhyme help children predict the words.
I wrote the counting rhyme Un paseo por el parque to use with my preschool students. Each of the pictures represents a number and an object – un árbol, dos pájaros, tres gatos, cuatro patos, etc. This Spanish poem for kids goes through the number ten. Here are the first few lines to give you an idea:
Un día de verano, una niña quería dar
un paseo por el parque y hasta diez contar.
There is a key with the words that each picture represents. If the vocabulary is new for your child, read the story putting in the words yourself until your child is comfortable contributing.
With all my classes, I use simple texts like this one to tell group stories. I write them using the vocabulary and structures the kids are learning and then use puppets and simple paper scenery to act out the story. The first time, I tell the story and the kids just watch. Then, each child contributes a different phrase or they say the phrases chorally. This is an easy way to keep kids engaged and to get beginners producing Spanish right away in a whole language context.
Use these downloadable PDFs to print this Spanish poem for kids on one sheet or as a mini book.
I included the key and a text version of the rhyme.
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